Fewer and fewer students are traveling the traditional path to a high school diploma in Leon County.
The traditional path to graduation, per the Florida Department of Education, is for students to pass 24 class credits and pass in class tests, which include the FSA English and Algebra I End of Course exam.
TR has previously reported that the traditional path numbers have dropped from 80.3% to 59.0% across the Leon County school district over the last four years.
However, new data provided by Leon County Schools shows double digit drops in traditional graduation rates at all five major high schools in Leon County over the last four years.
Despite these drops, LCS reported a 92.3% graduation rate in 2018/19.
The table below shows the numbers for Leon County’s five major high schools.
While all schools saw double-digit drops, Godby High School reported the largest drop in the traditional path to graduation rates. In 2015/16, approximately 57.8% of students graduated through the traditional path. Four years later that number was reported to be 33.0% – a drop of 24.8%.
Why the sudden drop in the method by which students are graduating?
LCS is still not answering questions from TR, however a Facebook post today by LCS introduced a new term to the graduation rate process – “appropriate pathway.”
The Facebook post stated, “Working with every individual to help them find the appropriate pathway for their success has allowed more students than ever to graduate from high school.”
The entire post is included below.
What is an “appropriate pathway”? Is it comparable to the “traditional pathway”?
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